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This blog was born out of a Dynasty Rankings thread originally begun in October, 2006 at the Footballguys.com message boards. The rankings in that thread and the ensuing wall-to-wall discussion of player values and dynasty league strategy took on a life of its own at over 275 pages and 700,000 page views. The result is what you see in the sidebar under "Updated Positional Rankings": a comprehensive ranking of dynasty league fantasy football players by position on a tiered, weighted scale. In the tradition of the original footballguys.com Dynasty Rankings thread, intelligent debate is welcome and encouraged.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Quote of the Day | September 29, 2008: Nobody Buys Hot Tips from Losers

Originally from a 2003 ESPN.com column and later reprinted in Hunter S. Thompson's Hey Rube:

On days like this I feel like Lord Byron and Shelley and Keats all rolled into one, as they like to say in New Orleans, and everything is possible.

Which is not true, alas. I am a Romantic by nature and a gambler by instinct -- and I can tell you for sure, little Xania, that Losing goes with the territory in my business. All gamblers lose regularly, but they rarely discuss it in public. Losing is bad for the image, dude. Nobody buys hot tips from Losers. Remember that.

Tags: Hunter S. Thompson, Hey Rube


Doog said...

Big fan of your work; I've been lurking for a couple months and your page has become a daily read.

I'm also a big fan of HST, and appreciate your frequent use of him. I assume you've read his letters? Amazing stuff.

You are the reason I have Chris Johnson in my 16-team dynasty league, and that is a mitzvah that will not soon be forgotten.

How about an update on Team Defense rankings? Would you be willing to do a set of rankings with a particular emphasis on defensive performance (yards allowed, pts. allowed) along with incidentals like sacks and ints? I'd be much obliged.

Looking forward to more!

Chris Wesseling said...

Hey Doog,
Great to hear from you. Thanks.

Actually, I first came to HST through his letter with "The Proud Highway," and I was hooked from the get-go. You know how it is . . . I had seen his name pop up in other books or movies, and I was browsing through a book store when I stumbled upon the Proud Highway. I bought it and haven't turned back.

I went through a heavy HST phase about 5-6 years ago, but I've always enjoyed his early journalism so much more than the drug-addled charicature he created later in the 70s. He was an incredible journalist . . . but I don't really go for the cult/drug/gonzo/alternative thing that a lot of HST fans love.

Team defense included. And thanks for the shout out on Chris Johnson.